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. meantime, a new rasmussen poll shows romney ahead of president obama following last week's debate 49 to 47%. president obama's performance in the debate was the subject of a the laughter last night prompted by the president himself. here is what he had to say after he took the stage the a fundraiser in california following some big names including stevie wonder and katie perry. >> they just performed flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. ay but here is the good news is we've got a better vision for our country. we have a better plan for the next four years. >> president obama will be campaigning in california again today. >>> also making headlines this morning, the meningitis outbreak continues to spread. >> the pharmacy linked to the outbreak makes a move it is calling a precautionary measure. details on that coming up next. >>> also ahead, he was convicted of crimes that shattered lives and left a legendary football program tarnished. tomorrow, jerry sandusky will learn his fate. fox 5 morning news back in a moment. [ barack obama ] i'm barack obama, and i approve th
. and that seemed to take down president obama. but four and a half more weeks of this, i'm wearing out the mute button on the remote control. >>> finally this unsatisfied customer, peter in rockville who says why doesn't wusa and usa today call your no bulls zone on the dnc obama talking point zone because that is what it will be. i'm sure that the state and the paper has decided the winner obama before the first word is spoken. really? because did you stay up and watch our coverage? my final words were these like everyone else on tv. we called this one a big win for mitt romney. and finally this from john lorton who believes that the debate was a draw. how congress is going to move their policies forward. it is a roadblock in congress is not chopped down, we'll have four more years of gridlock no matter who won. but we're a winner here in the mail bag when we get your e- mails. keep them coming. the address is well that is our report. i had be right back here at 11:00 along with anita brikman and topper shutt. don't forget to log on any time to bye. >>> "entertain
. >> president obama was relaxed this week. mitt romney, too, but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters see romney negatively than positively, and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h. w. bush, ann romney needs to improve that dynamic. >> romney got good news from three battlegrounds. in florida, he is down only by one. . still way behind in ohio peeling -- in florida, he is down only by one. he is still way behind in ohio. in virginia, he is behind by two. >> the idea that i am anti- immigrant is repulse of. do not use a term like that. >> even barack obama can sound like a professorial know what all. >> i understand the broader point senator cohen has been trying to make for the last several weeks. >> 90 minutes, no breaks, a back and forth on domestic issues with possible fireworks. >> i think you'll see both of them be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted, because the stakes are pretty high. >> the contest could get tighter after
romney picked up momentum after last week's debate. obama is leading romney by just three points. romney's new strength has the obama campaign focusing on an attack plan. >> governor romney's central for $5c plan calls cut.lion tax- i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. not telling the truth. >> romney does want to cut tax s that would reduce revenue years.rillion over 10 he said he would offset that by eliminating loopholes and deductions. has refused to say which ones, leaving him open to attack. mitt romney will deliver a today, and president policy.middle east tahman bradley, abc news. >> there was a hot debate on the weekend. commentator tv leaningreilly and left- host jon stewart faced off in a presidential debate on real issues at george washington .niversity demand was so high to see them that crashed the servers. be available for download. it's 43 degrees outside this monday morning. >> still ahead, it's a big day tomorrow for >> welcome back. i'm brian van de graaff. jacqui jeras is attending a conference. we should be in the low 70's this time of year. today we will be back in t
it through the final weeks. >> reporter: president obama is raising more cash in california today. last night at a star studded los angeles fundraiser the president joked about his lackluster debate performance following songs from katy perry and stevie wonder. >> they perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> the president also accused his opponent, mitt romney, of backing away from campaign promise. >> obviously the governor knows his tax cut isn't too popular. so a few wicks before the election he is trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: romney is in virginia today if a rally and what is being called a major foreign policy address. excerpts from the speech have already been released. romney witness a change of course in the middle east, including tougher sanctions on iran. and he will call on the u.s. to work with other nations to arm rebels in syria with weapons that can defeat the presence's army. -- the president's army. romney promised to be a strong international leader if elected. >> when i am president i will take the care it takes to rebuild o
smart president obama: during the last weeks of this campaign... there will be debates, speeches, and more ads. but if i could sit down with you, in your living room or... around the kitchen table, here's what i'd say. when i took office, we were losing nearly eight hundred... thousand jobs a month, and were mired in iraq. today, i believe that as a nation we are... moving forward again. but we have much more to do to get folks back to work and... make the middle class secure again. now, governor romney bel bves that with even bigger... tax cuts for the wealthy, and fewer regulations... on wall street, all of us will prosper. in other words, he'd double down on the same trickle-down... policies that led to the crisis in the first place. so what's my plan? first, we create a million new manufacturing jobs... and help businesses double their exports... give tax brereaks to companies that... invest in america, not that ship jobs overseas. second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more... american-made energy. oil, clean coal, natural gas... and new resour
points two weeks ago. he has a much wider lead in you consider registered voters. president obama leads romney by 7% in that category. >>> mitt romney's campaign hoping to get a boost from comments vice president joe biden made yesterday. biden warned supporters in north carolina that romney and his running mate paul ryan would raise taxes on the middle class. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> of course the middle class has been buried. they're being bear rayed by regulations, by taxes, by borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> vice president biden later tried to clarify his comments by saying the middle class was b e buried by policies mitt romney and paul ryan supported. you came watch the debate right here on nbc 4. live team coverage begins at 9:00 tonight. and that brings us to our poll question this morning. will you watch tonight's debate? let us know by taking the poll on the news 4 today facebook page. >>> this morning police are investigating a deadly stabbing. investi
on the stage. >> what happens could be only five weeks until election day. t debate will focus on policy.omy and domestic both candidates took a break intense debate prep tuesday. mitt romney grab a bite to eat denver while president obama dam.ed the hoover >> it is spectacular. >> will tell relied heavily on mates this week to campaign. >> how they can justify raising taxes on middle-class. >> it did not take long for paul that.o pounce on >> vice-president biden today the middle class over e last four years has been buried. we agree. we need to stop digging -- start by electing mitt romney. the race is still close. every word tonight could impact election. abc news, denver. >> tonight's debate happens to fall on the same day as the obamas 20th wedding anniversary. mrs. obama will go to reno to voters and then to be .n the audience in denver they will celebrate on saturday. his campaign is asking supporters to sign an card for the first couple. the debate is at 9:00 tonight. at 11:00, scott thuman will have analysis. vice-president biden's flight into weather approaching charlotte, so t
. >> reporter: president obama looked relaxed this week. mitt romney, too. but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters now see romney negatively than see him positively. and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h.w. bush. >> reporter: romney got good news from three battlegrounds in florida. he's now behind by just one point. still way down in ohio. but in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney's done well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he's got the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008, two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back-and-forth on domestic issues w
. >> the presidential candidates remain on the campaign trail this week. mitt romney back in virginia, speech atill give a the virginia military institute. >> president obama making more california including francisco. >> we have some work to do. got an election to win. >> president obama held a star- in southernraiser california that included a list such as george clooney, he poked fun at his less than stellar debate performance last week. >> everybody here are great friends and incredible professionals. they perform flawlessly night after night. e same.t always say th [laughter] >> republican candidate mitt theey rally supporters in critical state of florida on sunday. warned that a second term for obama would lead to ruin thatf economic crushes the american dream. >> we will hold to that sort high on november 6. the world will see we are .erious >> while mr. obama continues to romney, summonses money will win the election -- that policy matters and not money will win the election. >> president santos joe biden getting stronger than the policies they put in place. mitt romney will say elected
that rob portman is very good at what he does and good at making obama -- last week, romney basically admitted to his supporters that portman had really made him angry in the preparations. he felt like throwing him out of the room at times. >> what are they doing amelia after tonight? neatly after tonight? >> romney spent the night in gender, but tomorrow we fly to virginia. he will meet up with paul ryan and have a rally in virginia on thursday night and then swing through florida before returning to virginia, or he is expected to make a foreign policy speech on monday. >> this is certainly -- this is the first social media debate. i am wondering about -- how your yahoo will be involved, live streaming, lots of ways to comment. ways people can comment as it is happening, share clips, create mash-ups of what is going on tonight. how are the campaign's harnessing this, or is it too early, and they will have to see how it plays out? >> both campaigns to put a lot of effort into social media this time. obvious lot -- the obama campaign has a lot of history in 2008. so much of their effor
lady michelle obama will make another trip to virginia next week to campaign for her husband. she will visit loudoun county on tuesday, october 9th. we'll pass along additional details as they become available. the announcement highlights just how important northern virginia is in the race for the white house. tomorrow president obama will be in fairfax county where he will speak at george mason university. >>> tim kaine opening up the gap in virginia's hotly contested senate race. a new poll by nbc news, "the wall street journal" and maris shows tim kaine leading republican george allen 49% to 44%. that's among likely voters. it breaks a deadlock the two candidates were in just three weeks ago when each received 46% of the support in the same poll. tim kaine's camp believes they are getting some help from the president who has also seen a bump in the state in recent weeks. >>> montgomery county police are on the hunt for the suspect who brutally attacked a man and left him for dead. this 72-year-old man was reportedly on his way to the mega latino market a few blocks away from hi
center shows romney leading president obama among likely voters by a margin of 49% to 45%. three weeks ago, that same poll gave president obama an 8-point lead. >>> today the united nations secretary-general said the violence in syria is threatening the stability of the region. activists say the civil war has claimed more than 30,000 lives since it began last year, and the violence has spread beyond the borders. syrian mortars have landed in turkey. for six straight days turkey has launched retaliatory strikes. and warned syria not to test his resolve. he said turkey is ready for war. >>> posters considered so controversial they might incite violence are now hanging in several metro stations. news4's jackie bensen is at the u street station with reactions from riders and from the woman who is behind this campaign. >> reporter: well, the judge ordered the posters to be installed by 5:00 this evening. and it looks like that deadline has been met. the campaign's creator says it's a matter of free speech. >> i will not sacrifice my freedom of speech so as not to defend savages. it's utterl
republican presidential nominee mitt romney leading president obama following last week's debate. romney has the lead with 49% to president obama's 47%. romney will deliver a speech on foreign policy at virginia military institute today. president obama will be campaigning and fund raising in california. >>> virginia's two contenders for jim web's soon to be empty seat will be back in the spotlight today. democratic tim kaine and republican george allen will debate in richmond. this comes as a new poll of likely voters shows kaine pulling ahead. now 52% of voters picked kaine, 45% back allen. >>> developing this morning, the number of rare meningitis cases linked to a tainted steroid treatment has risen to 91, spanning nine states and killing seven. another case was reported in maryland this weekend, bringing the total there to three. 18 cases have been reported in virginia with one death in each state. the massachusetts pharmacy linked to the outbreak has issued a voluntary recall of all of its products. officials say anyone who received the steroid injection between july and september is a
of the obama administration. he had a bit of a swagger. he is riding a wave of momentum from last week's debate. the poll taken after the denver showdown has the race tied among registered voters. president obama had a five-point advantage three days leading into the debate. voters overwhelmingly said ann romney won the debate. that is the biggest debate when ever recorded by gallup bigger than bill clinton's over george bush. president obama is expected to raise more than $10 million over two days. at an event in los angeles last night, musicians lent support for his reelection.. obama thanked the performers and threw in a not so subtle reference to his debate performance. >> they performed flawlessly night after night. i cannot always say the same. >> the pressure is now on vice president biden who squares off against paul ryan on thursday night in their only debate. >> the obama campaign will counter his trip to virginia tomorrow with the first lady courts voters in the battleground state. she will speak tomorrow at the louden county fairgrounds. tickets are required. >> a statue of christop
republican counterpart. a week after president obama's lake laughter performance in his debate with mitt romney. >>> kid rock is joining republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan on the campaign trail today. the singer is attending a rally tonight in rochester, michigan. this isn't the first time he's attended gop events. kid rock attended a fund-raising event in michigan in august. he was also at the republican national convention in tampa. >>> it's not raining but it is still cloudy. >> right, it is still cloudy. the rain is still coming. temperatures today are going to be pretty low. so late fall chill, wet, damp. it might as well be yesterday, right? the weather is certainly getting our attention. that's for sure. we had our coolest start. our coldest start since april the 28th. started out at 45 degrees in d.c. other locations north and west started out in the 30s this morning. i wanted to start out by showing you the national temperatures. we're not the only ones dealing with this cold blast. 45 in chicago. minneapolis, minnesota, at 46. that cold air has made its way down t
swing state, president obama a week ago was leading by 19%. in ohio he is leading by women by considerable numbers. it is that constituency which is so critical. did you hear the woman, the word "woman" used at all during the debate last night? that was a measure not only of president obama's this engagement, but mitt romney not wanting to bring in up, and jim lehrer, i don't know what was going on. . host: laura is a republican. hi, laura, you are on. caller: i wanted to say to katrina, if you want to talk about common sense policies, maybe you need to listen to rush limbaugh and maybe you need to really listen to what mr. romney said about this economy. if you are concerned about poverty, do you know that the number one group tracked in poverty is single thing all households -- single female soul? you need to look at stuff that the conservatives are saying because they care about the portrait they don't want people trapped in poverty. they know what small businesses, which employs 60-70% of the citizens and in this country, taxed more. if you tax small business, they are
of the challenger yesterday in came rack cuss. >>> the focus of campaign 2012 turns to denver this week, the site of first presidential debate. mitt romney plans to campaign there tonight. >> he'll debate president obama three times in the coming weeks and there will also be one vice presidential debate, this as a new presidential poll out this morning has the president with a 51% to 44% lead over governor romney. susan mcginnis has more. >> reporter: more than 11,000 people packed a high school in las vegas sunday night to listen to president obama. >> with' win nevada again -- we'll win nevada again. >> reporter: it was the president's last scheduled appearance before the first presidential debate on wednesday. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: romney fit in another rehearsal after church in boston on sunday. he's been practicing since june. his running mate paul ryan says this will not be a defining moment. >> i don't think one event is going to make or break this campaign. >> reporter: but apparently not everyone got the memo to downplay expectations. >> thu
to closely watch wednesday night's debate. the romney campaign holds a phone bank for women each week and the obama campaign holds parties and meetings targeting women. in denver, colorado, danielle nottingham, anita, back to you. >> okay, danielle, thank you. this first debate is focused on domestic issues. mitt romney and president obama will spend the first half tackling the economy. the second half addressing healthcare. another national concern. channel 9 is your go-to station for tomorrow night's debate. 9news is teaming up with u.s.a. today to fact check what the candidates have to say, to make sure your tv is turned on to channel 9 to watch the debate. log on to for live fact checking. then join us for 9news at 11:00 for the most accurate debate coverage, no bull, no spin, just the facts. >>> a pennsylvania judge said no today to a tough new voter id requirement that has caused a storm of controversy. that means the law will not be enforced in the presidential election. the law would have required every voter to show a valid photo id. democrats and minority groups
and girls. >> romney will get to contrast his foreign policy vision with president obama in the final debate in two weeks that will hit on these topics and more. >>shepard: thank you, mike, from washington, dc. the white house blasted governor romney's foreign policy speech before the g.o.p. presidential nominee took to the podium. in a statement, a spokesman for the president said and i quote, "we're not going to be lectured by someone who has been an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy every time he dipped his toe in the foreign policy waters." the statement conditions that the only person who offended europe more is probably chevy chase, part of his summer foreign tour which he criticized london's preparations for the olympic games. the president's campaign released an ad calling governor romney reckless on the international affairs. now, ed henry is in california for us this afternoon. ed, what is the story there? >>reporter: well, the bottom line, the obama campaign spokesman had a conference call reacting to governor romney's speech. he flatly said, bring it on. that was the direct
's the second time in two weeks they've both been here. >> been here plenty of times even before that. president obama at george mason university in fairfax. mitt romney in abingdon, virginia. as susan mcginnis reports romney is now talking about a topic which never came up at wednesday night's debate. >> reporter: mitt romney now says he was wrong when he said 47% of americans feel entitled to government handouts and don't take responsibility for their lives. he previously called his comment inelegant but defended it. however, last night, romney told fox news -- >> reporter: romney's solid debate performance gave him a new spark on the campaign trail. before an estimated 10,000 people in virginia, he kept up his attacks on the president. >> what you didn't hear last night from the president is why it is the next four years are going to possibly be better than the last four years. >> reporter: the obama campaign admits it needs a change in strategy for the next two debates. president obama held back from attacking romney during the debate but that changed when he returned to the campaign trail.
. >> as craig boswell reports, they showcased their vision for the country. >> reporter: after weeks of preparation and months of anticipation, president obama and mitt romney meet face to face. after months of talking about each other, president obama and mitt romney talked directly to one another meeting on stage for the first time for their first debate. mitt romney and president obama speaking about their plans to fix the nation's economy. >> governor romney has a perspective that says, if we cut taxes, skew towards the wealthy and roll back regulations that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> i don't want to cost jobs. my priority is jobs. and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> reporter: the republican nominee revealing his plan to reduce the deficit. >> what things would i cut from spending? >> i will eliminate all program by this test if they don't pass it. is the program so critical, it is worth borrowing money from china? if it's not, i'll get rid of it. >> governor romney rote what we did in massachusetts could be a model for the nation. >> as pre
up. >> reporter: and the president's advisors promise the real obama will show up as well. melanie alnwick, fox 5 news. >>> with more insight and a look ahead on what we can expect on the political front this week, is fox 5's political analyst, mark plotkin. did his performance make a difference? >> chris christie before the event said mitt romney was going to turn the campaign upside down. in all honesty, i think he did. he revitalized a campaign in some ways his staff was writing off the candidate, and the best data is the impercale data in some of the background states, i heard one today in florida, he's running even and narrowing the lead -- >> he's campaigning in florida now, right? >> he is. he drew a big crowd. >> the biggest of his campaign so >> he haven't drawn crowds anywhere near that. crowds are indicative of your support. >> president obama buoyed by the job numbers that came out, below 8% the first time since he took office. how big is this? >> the democrats feel it's a psychological lift for the campaign, and obama's economic advisors said if you go below 8%, althou
they'll be ready in case there are protests, but they don't expect any. >>> less than a week after the first presidential debate, president obama joked with supporters in california over the weekend, admitting he may not have been at his best in denver. the president took time to criticize mitt romney, going after what he claims is romney's plan for $5 trillion in tax cuts and cuts to pbs to help close the deficits. >> for you moms and kids out there, somebody is cracking down on big bird. cracking down on him. elmo has made a run for the border. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again, but he's bringing the hammer down on sesame street. >> president obama will continue campaigning in california today, with a star studded event in san francisco, including john legend and >>> meanwhile, mitt romney returns to virginia today as he laughs off what looked like an uncomfortable situation in florida. the republican nominee was taking pictures with staff at a restaurant in port st. lucie when one of the staffers wiped romney's face with a napkin. romney can be
for the obama camp is the second debate is not going to be the same format. it's a week from tuesday and at hobson university in new york, a town hall forethe mat and real voters asking questions in addition to the moderators and if you get too tough you might look too aggressive. what they're doing in the meantime, admitting the president didn't give his best effort perhaps, but saying it's all mitt romney's fault and he was fudging the facts. take a listen. >> it's not rocket science to believe that the president was disappointed in the expectations that he has for himself. but look, i think part of that was because as i said earlier, we met a new mitt romney. we met a mitt romney that wanted to walk away from the central theory of his economic plan which is his tax cut. >> now, the pushback from the romney camp it's the president's charge that the governor has a 5 trillion dollar tax cut that's starting to fall apart, as the facts play out on that one. nonetheless, democrats not giving up. governor martin o'mally of maryland on fox news sunday and charged that mitt romney's perfor
. >>> tonight's debate comes as the race for president tightens a bit. president obama leads mitt romney by 3% among likely voters in the latest increaspoll. that is within the margin of error. the president led his republican rival by five percentage points two weeks ago. he had a widen lead if you consider registered voters. president obama leads romney by 7% in that category. you can watch tonight's debate right here on nbc 4. nbc news live team coverage begins at 9:00 tonight and that brings us to our poll question this morning. will you watch tonight's debate? you can let us know by taking the poll on the news 4 today facebook page. >>> president obama appears to have gotten a boost in the battleground state of pennsylvania. a judge there ruled that voters won't have to show photo i.d.s. the decision strikes down the new voter i.d. what you. democrats say the law disenfranchises voters who don't have photo i.d.s. republicans say the law is necessary to crack down on voter fraud. >>> it was this day ten days ago that the beltway snipers terrorized the entire area. over three weeks, they k
and as fox's craig boswell reports, they tackled the economy, taxes and health care. >> reporter: after weeks of preparation and months of anticipation, president obama and mitt romney meet face to face debating policy and differences of opinion. >> reporter: president obama and mitt romney tacted directly to one another meeting -- talked directly to one another. >> governor romney has a perspective that says, if we cut taxes, skew towards the wealthy and roll back regulation, that we'll be better off. i've got a different view. >> i don't want to cost jobs. my priority is jobs. so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> reporter: the republican nominee revealing his plan to reduce the deficit. >> what things would i cut from spending? i will eliminate all programs by this test. is the program so critical, it is worth borrowing money from china to pay for it. if not, i'll get rid of it. obamacare is on my list. i apologize, mr. president. >> governor romney at the beginning of this date said what we did in massachusetts could be a model for the nation. >> reporter: informing their plans
, but north still seeing volume in that area. aaron and angie, back over to you. >>> president obama appears to be winning where it matters most. aittle more than five weeks before the election, he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. that's according to the latest washington post/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. the president is taking a break from campaigning today to prepare for the first presidential debate on wednesday in denver. he's prepping in nevada, where he held this rally last night. he told supporters there in las vegas he hopes the debate serves as a conversation about what needs to be done to keep the country growing. the president will return to the campaign trail later this week. he is scheduled to visit fairfax county on friday. >>> mitt romney heads to denver today. the republican presidential nominee will hold a rally there this evening as he prepares for wednesday's debate. his campaign is hoping the debate gives romney
him closing the gap between him and president obama. how big of a jump in the polls are we talking about here? >> reporter: po to put it safely here, mitt romney closed the gap. keep in mind, heading into last week in that debate, mitt romney was trail is trawling in several key battleground states and national limit what won't to do is show you some of the polls we were looking at today and with four weeks to the elect, this is cause for fresh concern among the obama campaign and look at this. we're going to start with gallop. gallop before the debate asked voters who was ahead. at that point, obama, 50%; romney, 45% and drop below here and look at what they say now after that first debate. 47% to 47% gallop tonight has it in a dead heat. you might look at that and say, hey, it's one poll and maybe it's a napshot of the race. several other major polls came out and saying almost exactly the same thing. look at this. we'll go up to the next debate and this is the rasmussen presidential poll. 48%, 48%. a dead heat in a race where obama was ahead's couple of days ago. and we move to t
's debate performance last week. not as a strong showing, but as a political facade. one obama advisor called romney masterful and theatrical. >> mitt romney will say absolutely anything to get elected. and if somebody says absolutely anything to get elected, you have to wonder what they're going to say when they're president. >> we have a few more round to go in this fight. what we saw in the first round is a very energized performance. it was big bird meets the big lies. >> mr. romney vowed during the debate to cut federal funding to pbs. ergo the big bird. tonight the president said "governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again. but he's bringing the hammer down on sesame street." reporting live in the newsroom, jay korff. >> a developing story on another presidential election. that is playing out nearly 2,100 miles from washington, d.c. but being closely watched by a lot of people here in our area. venezuelans went to the polls to choose a president and within the last 20 minutes, the results were announced. tom has reaction. >
on the presidential race. those finding suggest that president obama maintains a slight lead over mitt romney but the race is statistically a dead heat. a three-point lead. 49-46% but that is well within the survey's margin of error. two weeks ago after the political conventions, the nbc "wall street journal" poll showed mr. obama with a five-point lead over romney. it was 50-45% back then will. >>> police are trying to figure out what sparked a large fight in downtown frederick, maryland. a fight that ended in gun fire. it broke out yesterday afternoon on west south street. by the time officers got to the scene, the crowd had dispersed after somebody fired the gun. police believe they found one of the men. he had some serious stab wounds and was taken to the hospital. nobody has been arrested. >>> tonight, an anne arundel county man tells news4, he is not a hoarder after officers seized dozens of unusual animals from his hole. the animal control officers took a pig, a bird, turtles and a goldfish from his home in pasadena. officers said many of the animals were without food or water. they al
into the office. >> reporter: but still, most major polls have president obama ahead in virginia and heading from fairfax to ohio and is expected he will be back several times before the election. next week is shaping up to be a busy one in virginia and the white house announced -- and mitt romney is slated to deliver a major foreign policy address at the virginia military snout. >> a federal judge said the transit system must allow and to equate muslim radicals with savages. they sued for the right to display the ads and they up in subway stations and must be displayed here no later than 5:00 p.m. on monday and we spoke to the attorney for the blogger who sued to put up the ad and he joined us by phone earlier tonight. >> in a civil society, if you object to speech, the response is not to engage in violence but more speech and we held the protection of the first amendment in the united states and the judge upheld that in a ruling today and that is the correct way to go. >> metro spokesman said that the metro will comply with the order and the ads will go up this weekend. >>> more turbulence for
and that is in the next four and a half weeks, and i'm sure in massachusetts is a good example for the republicans perspective where president obama is clearly going to run very well there. canned scott brown withstand the blue tide fair and right now, the democrats are doing well. you have a tea party backed candidate in indiana, richard mourdock and richard luke are in the primary. that is a very tight race but you have solid republican candidates. i was in missouri may be a month ago but in arizona where democrats are competitive and i think it just shows that one these races are still fluid. you can be and decided and we can say the race for president started with undecided voters yesterday. for some of these voters the senate race, it's going to be a couple of weeks before they really engage. the other thing that is going on here is, i don't know if people vote in races like a chess game but i do think you know, people pick and choose one from a i'll m and one from i obey. clearly one thing we haven't talked about is the fundamental dissatisfaction americans have with government and as they g
what led to the shooting. >>> 14 after the hour. president obama appears to be winning where it matters most a little more than five weeks before election day now. he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. that's according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states, that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. the president taking a break from campaigning to prepare for the first presidential debate. that will happen on wednesday in denver. mitt romney headed to denver today. the republican presidential nominee will hold a rally there this evening as he prepares for wednesday's debate. >>> vp candidate paul ryan will prepare for his debate in virginia. the republican vp candidate will hold a debate. vice president joe biden is using chris van holland to stand in for ryan. the debate is scheduled on october the 8th in kentucky. >>> the supreme court justices will rule on several key cases, including whether race should be a factor in college admissions. today's
for the obama white house waging what has been an uphill battle against unemployment. this week the labor department reported the jobless rate fell sharply in september to 7.8%. that's the same level it was when president obama took office back in january 2009. actual growth last month was modest, only 114,000 jobs created. but the labor department also revised the july and august numbers to include an additional 86,000 new jobs. let's talk about it with the former white house chief economist austin goulsby. austin, thanks very much for coming in. what does this jobs report mean to you? >> well, i think it's a good sign. you know when i was in the white house i used to say every month good or bad, you never want to make too much out of any one month's numbers because it's plus or minus 100,000 jobs is the margin of error. so there's a lot of variability. >> what does that mean? >> this is a solid report. >> when you say plus or minus margin of error of 100,000 jobs, in other words if 114,000 jobs were created last month, it really could have 214,000 or it could have been 14,000? >> or 14,
have president obama ahead in virginia. while he headed from fairfax to ohio it's expected he will be back several times before the election. in fairfax, virginia, tom fitzgerald, fox 5 news. >>> this week shaping up to be busy. in virginia the white house announced first lady michelle obama will host a campaign event tuesday at loudoun county fairgrounds, mitt romney slated to deliver what's being called a major foreign policy address at the virginia military institute. >>> now to a fox 5 weather alert, live look outside wrapping up the workweek with an absolutely gorgeous night. enjoy it while you can, major changes on the way. gary mcgrady is in the weather center with the latest. >> you knew it had to end eventually. for us it will happen over the weekend unfortunately. i want to show you this satellite picture radar combined. we still have wonderfully fair skies out there. shawn mentioned a gorgeous night, temperature down around 70 degrees right now for reagan national. we are clear. we have some clouds farther back out into western maryland right along the mountains, bu
, not a visitor. >> reporter: president obama and mr. romney actually have two debates remaining. one on october 16th on long island, and the last one six days later in flora. there's also one vice presidential debate a week from tonight in kentucky. derek. >> we'll be watching them all. cbs news has learned that investigators are looking into the possibility that a border patrol agent killed earlier this week died from friendly fire. nicholas ivie and two other agents came under attack just north of the border near birkz sbee, arizona. this word comes from mexican police as they've arrested two people. >>> d.c. police confirm they're investigating allegations that a guard sexually assaulted an inmate. sources tell wtop radio the allegations are that a guard removed an inmate from his cell, took him to an area where there are no security cameras and assaulted him. those sources also say a second guard witnessed the assault but did not report it. >>> tonight we've got a sketch of the man wanted for fondling at least five women in springfield. take a good look. the most recent attack was tuesday n
their sight on virginia. >> president obama is in fairfax and mitt romney made another swing through the state with more planned next week woman tell you what is on the agenda and which candidate calls his controversial choice of words wrong. >>> trying to track down a suspect before he strikes again. police searching for a man they say is targeting women when they least expect it. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> straight up 6:00 on this friday, october 5th. taking a look outside right now and it is the nice start to your day. nice and cool out there. nothing too bad. going to warm up just a little bit later on. it is friday, october 5th. good morning. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm wisdom martin. happy friday. let's bring in tucker barnes to get more on the great day we have in store. >> it feels so much better with temperatures falling back into the 50s and low 60s and much less humidity than what we've had. >> it feels great. >> nice start to the day. kids might want a jacket and long pants today after the last couple of mornings waking up in the 70s. it had -- it should
time. coming up this morning, making their case with voters. the issues mitt romney and president obama tried to hammer home in their first debate. >>> plus, growing problem that is leaving the famous reflecting pool empty just weeks after it opened. >>> a line of showers moving >>> a line of showers moving through our region.e. the middle class, who move our country forward. work hard. raise families. and keep america strong. but mitt romney's budget plan will hurt the middle class. raising taxes on the average family by up to $2000 dollars. while giving a tax break of $250,000 dollars to multi-millionaires. doesn't mitt romney understand, we can't rebuild tearing down the middle class. priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> and now, from washington's leading news station, this is news4 today. >>> looking at the stories making headlines, right now at 5:29, policy issues, not zingers, were the focus of the first presidential debate. >>> a maryland man fighting for his life after police say he was the target of a brutal beating and robb
numbers this morning show obama holds a lead in ohio. a tie in virginia and florida. the candidates have been the swing states over the past couple weeks. now they will turn their attention to denver. they will share the same stage later tonight for their first presidential debate. tonight's focus will be about issues. you have heard a lot about that trail.campaign and the economy and health care. expected to be a lot of back- forth between them on those. those they are hoping to gain .omentum we have just a month before voters start heading to the polls. we will continue to follow this throughout the day. more coming up later on abc 7 news. back to you. >> thank you. just in time for the first is sculpted debate, head mold of the two atdidates now on display wax museum ins downtown d.c. they will have a kids election inent at the museum getmber where the children to choose which one they want. what the debate at 9:00 tonight 11:00, scott thuman will offer his insight. the examiner reports tim kaine purchased $3 million in ad time radio, and the internet. his campaign has spent $7 ads.on
it this week when the number came out. a confusing number. but the political impact, straight forward. this is great news for barack obama. the best number in over three and a half years. what it means for the economy and more importantly for americans trying to find a new job. it's too early to tell. >> of course, the president and governor romney this week went head-to-head in their first dae bait. ta >> for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. now five months before the election he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> mr. president obama, you're entitled to your own airplane and own house, but not the facts. >> i think it's safe to say the president got trounced. it was the ugliest night. >> the president is going to have to stand up and deliver. he still has a big lead in a couple of key states, but that lead will evaporate quickly. >> he has to step it up. before the debate, we had a new nbc news wall street marist poll. the president up eight points among likely voters in ohio but just two points in virginia and statistically tied in virginia. >> as the late gr
on the forecast straight ahead. >>> also, president obama hits up a star-studded campaign fund-raiser poking a little fun at his debate performance last week. we'll tell you what he had to say and look ahead to this week's big vice presidential debate. >>> and we'll meet the creator of a blog who mocks parents who fill their twitter and facebook updates with tweets about their kids. is it too mean-spirited? we'll ask her about that. >>> and check out this massive pile-up at a nascar race this season. this all happened on the final lap. more on that story in just a moment, but we want to begin with that first major blast of winter weather across a large chunk of the nation. nbc's kevin tibbles is in chicago this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: forgive me for looking a little confused this morning, though some would say most mornings i do, but today it's about the temperature. it is colder right now in chicago than it was during periods of last january. some people out here even had to get out their snow shovels, and it's only october. summer, fall, where have they gone so quickly?
hillary clinton and barack obama in the debates. he was the one winning the debates. >> he's a very strong debater. i'm sure that that's the biden that will show up this week, but part of the problem that a president and a vice-president faces is that they can be insulated very easily. they speak to crowds that adore them. >> right. >> they aren't orphanage challenged with tough questions from reporters as we've seen lately and i think that's a big challenge for biden this time around. >> historically the vice-president debates, i think, vealyielded a lot more entertaining moment and some think they'll stand out more. >> lloyd benson and dan quayle, 2002008. >> jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. (cheer (cheers) >> that was a fierce moment. >> that was a strong zinger and perhaps the most memorable moment from the vice-presidential debate and often, a vice-presidential debate is about assurance. can the second person on the ticket become president and step in if need be. you've got to remember in 1988 who was president? ronald reagan. lloyd benson had been
months he's been running on the tax plan and now five weeks before the election he's saying the big bold idea is never mind. >> reporter: there was this memorable moment. >> 20 years ago i became the luckiest man on earth because michelle obama agreed the marry me. >> i'm sure this was the most romantic place you could imagine here with me. >> reporter: despite that one moment, the candidates didn't seem to agree much and really pushed each other on their policies and proposals that were talked about during this debate. for what happens next? of course both campaigns will try to spin this and declare a victory of sorts, the surrogates are out and about and talking to members of the media. of course we're going to have to wait and see what the voters think. in denver, colorado, i'm tory dunnan, back to you. >> neither candidate is wasting any time after last night's debate. today they're both getting back out on the campaign trail this afternoon. president obama will speak at an event in denver before heading to columbus, ohio for another event that happens tonight. meanwhile mitt romney
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